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In the following sentence:

The issue is the fact that it is red.

What type of grammatical form is "that it is red"?

I think that it is some kind of noun clause that functions as an objective complement for "fact". Is there a term for this kind of clause? How might one diagram this kind of clause?

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    It's a relative clause modifying the noun "fact".
    – BillJ
    Mar 31, 2018 at 7:19
  • “The issue” cannot be “the fact that it is red”. “The issue” might very well be whether “it is red” but that isn’t at all the same thing, is lt? Apr 13, 2018 at 19:26

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